Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell to 2009

Well, it's hard to believe, but this is the last day of 2009!
And what a year it has been! All the Glory goes to God for these incredible spiritual warfare battles that were fought and won. M16 Ministries has witnessed amazing physical healings, inner healings, and deliverance from demonic oppression and possession.

It's been amazing, the amount of miracles God let our ministry witness and pray for. The M16 Ministry intercessor team has proved themselves time and time again in spiritual warfare. The team went to battle this summer a prayed for the deliverance of a young man whose will was completely compromised by the enemy. Now he is set free. People with spiritual attacks at night, who experienced them for years are now sleeping. Spirits of fear walking peoples homes have been evicted. And the people in the homes have been trained to fight. Houses with demonic activity were given peace by the authority of Jesus Christ.

We thank God for all the protection he has given us through this year.

Our best complement for 2009 came from an evil spirit, "why did you have to tell him about us?!"

Every battle M16 engaged in was against insurmountable odds. Which we like - because then only God can resolve the problem. That's called a miracle!

We have heard incredible testimonies from the people we have trained in our classes. They are now out in the field delivering the captives.

The year 2009 is also the year we put together our first book, The Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare, 300 pages. It is currently in the hands of a publisher. We will release more information soon on this exciting project.

We thank Jesus for the incredible healings we witnessed in 2009. All the Glory goes to the God almighty.

We are very excited for what God has in store for our ministry in 2010.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Outreach at a Mission St. Hotel December 23, 2009

On Thursday December 23, 2009, I tagged along with Bill Boehner to be part of a Christmas outreach in San Francisco. We were participating in a “residence” hotel outreach, in San Francisco on Mission St. Which right in the middle of the neighborhood we minister at on the streets in our Night Strike ministry. I never really heard of “residence” hotel ministry before but it was the neighborhood we minister in so I figured it would be good to go on this and see what it was all about. Residence hotels are literally cramped one room apartments, barely big enough for a twin bed and nothing more. It's basically the size of prison cell, with only a sink and a community toilet in the hall.

Sister Terry Lawrence has operated this ministry, on her own for the past 4 years. She has focused on one particular hotel on Mission St. in San Francisco. Bill and I rendezvoused with Terry at her house to pick up all the food and presents she prepared for the Christmas party. Terry's residence is small and humble, her kitchen consists of a stove with an oven on the bottom. In this kitchen, with no counter space, Terry managed to cook at least 8 Coscto lasagnas, a bunch of cup cakes, and lot's of other things for the residences at this hotel we were going to. Bill and I packed Terry's little Honda with every inch of space including the front passenger seat. Then we packed Bill's car full until there was barely room for ourselves in the car. We packed the cars and went back inside Terry's house and then we prayed. AS we completed praying, Terry asked out what our spiritual gifts are in ministry. Bill and I kind of looked at each other wondering how to answer the question. Bill answered, just like I would answer, whatever gifts the Holy Spirit wants us to operate in at the time is how he would minister. That was pretty much my answer, but I couldn't copy Bill so I answered Terry with, “I'm here to serve, if I am serving lasagna all day, that's what I am here to do. If I need to give a prophetic word to someone that's what I'll do. I need to pray deliverance with someone that's what I'll do.”

We saw Terry's eyes light up when we mentioned the deliverance part. Terry told us there was a woman in the hotel who manifests frequently when Terry visits and she would like for me to pray with this woman. So we figured ok and off to our cars we went. We drove across the Bay Bridge and into the city. Both Bill and I expected setting up this party in a lobby or a room of the hotel. And we figured we would work the room and talk and pray with people. Well, that was our preconceived notion of how the day of ministry would unfold.

When we arrived in the city and parked,around 2:30 PM, we had to unload all of our goods and carry them to the hotel. Two of the men of the hotel, Darren and Charles, met us at the parking lot and helped us lug everything. We made about 3-4 trips, with arms full of bags and walked about a block between the parking lot and the hotel.

We entered the hotel from the street, it had the typical hotel facade out front. Inside the hotel was the typical desk clerk, behind a window, like you see in the movies. The gate to enter the hotel was rod iron, with sharp spikes protruding from the top so you couldn't climb over the gate. These were functional spikes and not decorative.

As we were loading the small elevator with our goods, some people descended the stairs, already the spider sense was tingling with one of the guests staying there. I think he picked up on Christians in the foyer and turned around and went back up stairs.

Terry and Darren took the party goods up to Darren's room. There was no room for us to setup in. Darren had a room the size of a small bedroom. His bed in the middle and some area to walk around on each side in. This was where we were going to setup the food line and serve plates to people from his room. Meanwhile Bill, Charles and I finished unloading the two cars and hauling the party items up to Darren's room.

Once upstairs we received instruction on where Bill and I should minister. It was cramped confines both in the hall and the bedroom. Word was already out that “Mama” Terry, as the residences call her, was there and setting up a Christmas party. People immediately started forming a line in the hall to receive the plates of food. One particular character came to our attention right away was a woman named Miranda. She was certifiably insane. No different from other people we run into on the streets with Night Strike so Bill and I weren't too phased by her presence in the hall.

As people lined up we noticed everyone was engaged in a verbal dispute with Miranda. Foul words were coming out of everyone's mouth and 100% of it was instigated by Miranda. People would step out of line and verbally confront her. It's one thing to deal with the demonized in U.N. Plaza in open space, but it's completely different when you're in small confines with them. Miranda's husband stepped out and became confrontational with everyone yelling at his wife. The demons were efficient at torment on this floor. Miranda would instigate and then the tenants would all jump in. Miranda was on the floor crying while her husband got all riled up. Bill and I slipped past her husband and went over to pray for Miranda. We knelt down and Miranda allowed us to pray with her. AS Bill and I prayed it didn't take too long to realize the woman was possessed. Miranda kept channel changing on us, in other words, the different spirits would talk. I could identify them by what was coming out of Miranda's mouth. Her religious spirit would sing Christmas songs loudly and drive everyone insane and start the yelling up all over again. Bill and I prayed peace over Miranda and to bind up the noisey voices onboard. Miranda required lots and lots of deliverance prayer. One really interesting trait of Miranda was how the demons used supernatural hearing to keep tabs on everything Bill and I were saying. I would say something to Bill, and off in the distance, out of ear shot, Miranda would repeat it.

Miranda calmed down a bit so Bill and I were able to minister some more to others in line and talk with them. We met a woman, Rhonda, who was at whits end with being neighbors to Miranda. We took Rhonda over to a place down the hall away from the party and prayed over her. Bill prayed for peace over her as she just broke down and wept. Rhonda told us Miranda was possessed and that she never stops. She goes around the clock walking the halls and tormenting. There is no peace with Miranda around. The residents already knew Miranda was possessed. In some of the verbal exchanges they would refer to her as “devil bitch” or “demon bitch”. The demons would draw the tenants into altercations to maintain a constant torment environment in that area of the hotel.

After we finished up praying with Rhonda we walked back over to the hall where the party was. Another woman with a religious spirit got Miranda all fired up again and they started singing butchered Christmas songs at the top of their lungs. Bill and I finally got the one woman to move along. But now the yelling started up again in the hall for Miranda to shut up. Miranda would breakdown and start crying.

This time Terry walked down the hall to pray with Miranda. Bill and I walked over to pray with Terry. As Sister Terry prayed I asked the Holy Spirit for revelation on what was going on. I received the word of knowledge that Miranda's father hurt her as a little girl. I confronted Miranda with what the Holy Spirit told me and for a moment the demons went silent as the truth was exposed. For the first time we saw Miranda as she broke down and cried and she told us that her father beat her and did horrible things to her. That was the root of the torment. Miranda didn't want to forgive. Then God told me Miranda was “pining” away and that she wasn't sick from AIDS. I told Miranda what the Holy Spirit revealed to me that she had anorexia and that she needed to take steps in forgiveness to fight the disorder. Miranda wiped her eyes and told Bill and I that she went to see doctors about her anorexia and they couldn't figure out why she couldn't keep food in her stomach. I asked Miranda if I could put my hand over her stomach and pray. As I did so I could feel the spirit in her stomach move away from my hand. We still momentarily had “Miranda” with us during the prayer time. I prayed to bind the demon and told it to leave her and release her stomach. At that moment Miranda litely coughed. I believe the bigger demons kicked a little demon out to make it look like the anorexia left her body. However, I have prayed over the spirit of anorexia before and that is not how it leaves. Then Miranda started faking she was breathing out demons. The manifestations were starting again. Bill and I prayed with Miranda some more and Bill gave Miranda instructions to pray over her meals and then eat. We got her to commit to these instructions. Her composure changed, but the demons were getting restless and started another fight in our midsts just as we were making some progress. Her neighbors opened the doors and started calling her a “demon bitch” again. A man came out behind Bill and started yelling at Miranda. Leaving Bill and I in a bad and vulnerable spot since we were sitting on the floor praying with Miranda.

We were in a bad spot so we wrapped up prayer and moved out of the wave of torment. Can't say I ever did a deliverance prayer session in a tormented setting like this before. It was challenging. Both Bill and I were challenged in this environment. Can't say we didn't step out of our comfort zone today!

Bill and I then turned to the duties of handing out gifts to all the residents in the hotel. This was carried out by going to the 5th floor and proceeding to knock on every door and hand out a present to everyone who opened their door. I felt uneasy about this. But, hey, in ministry you roll with it. Bill, Darren and I succeeded in covering the entire building. We stayed together as a group and the residents were very appreciative of the presents they received and back of Christmas snacks.

Around 6:30 we finally packed up and headed out. Miranda came out and hugged us and thanked us for praying with her. We could feel the momentary peace on the floor. Terry commented on the change in composure in Miranda too after we had finished praying with her. The fact of the matter is that Miranda needed lots and lots of more deliverance prayer.

There were many Christian residents in the hotel. A lot of them I believe were from the ministry work of Terry. In San Francisco there is a hodge podge of religious beliefs and that was prevalent in this hotel too. I did notice one room had wiccan items. One of the men in line had his pendulum on a chain around his neck. So there is all sorts of spiritual activity in this building alone.

When Bill and I finally got to his car at 7:00 we still didn't know what to make of the day. We were both still processing the events. One thing we could process though was the incredible work of Terry's ministry. We couldn't believe the amount of work she was doing in this incredible ministry and she was doing it alone. She is, literally, the Mother Teresa of Mission St.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Night Strike 2009

We had approximately 80 people participate in this year's Christmas Night Strike. Seven teams were setup and sent out into the city from the UN Plaza. Seven leaders, wow, that's a cool prophetic number, and they were,
1.Jason & Becka
2.Ellssya
3.Bill
4.Morgan
5.Ellen
6.Leah
7.Me
With this many teams going out, and each with ten or more people we had to plan not to saturate the Tenderloin. And Leah's team we had to intentionally keep under ten, just because the nature of the ministry and witnessing to the prostitutes as well as the homeless.

On my team, I had lot's of my family, which was fun. Sue and Jake Wooldridge, my Son Matt and his friend Brandon, Diana Garnhart, and three people from Pleasant Hill, Sean, Havier and Nella. To purposely avoid team congestion I led my team higher up the Tenderloin to O'Farrell. Allowing the two other teams assigned to work the higher and lower part of Bodeker park in the Tenderloin.

On our way up to O'Farrell, we encountered a man named Tony. His aunt and his sister died yesterday. I believe he said it was a car accident. The team prayed for Tony and his grief. While praying God gave me the words, “They're here.” I told Tony that his aunt and sister are saved. He said yes they were. I told him God gave me a picture they were up there in paradise with him. And there's no suffering and no sickness.

It was a good walk to get to O'Farrell and Hyde, but once there we made our right turn onto O'Farrell. About a block down on this street the Holy Spirit led us to a spot where there were numerous people on the streets. Our first stop and we were wiped out of nearly half the provisions of food, socks and blankets we brought with us to hand out.

The Father is still working on me and I am still in a season where some of the Gifts of the Spirit are shutdown. I was experiencing some interesting things were it felt like God was giving me words in the manner as when I first started out a few years ago. One simple word and a picture to work off of nothing more. The body effects are still working so I know when I receive a word. For instance, at this particular place where we were giving out a lot of our goods, I saw a latino woman, she looked Nicaraguan, approach us. God told me she was a Christian. That was all. I looked at her eyes and saw she had the fire of the Holy Spirit in her. I walked over to her and told her that she was a Christian. She answered, “Yes, she has been all her life.” I told her God pointed her out to me and that her eyes were filled with the Holy Spirit. I didn't pray for the woman. We handed her clothes and she walked off. Well, that one was between her and Jesus. I figure God just needed to reveal himself to her and nothing more.

My sister-in-law Sue and my nephew Jake got to break in their prayer warrior skills here. There were lots of people to pray for.

One woman flat out asked us to pray for deliverance for her from addiction. So the team obliged.

Some of the team members had wrapped up gifts to hand out on the streets to people. One team member brought a nice jacket and gave it to a needy woman. She was touched by it. Although, an hour later she traded it for a dime (a $10 crack hit). We encountered her again and God revealed her sin as to what happened with the jacket.

From our nice sweet spot we moved across the street where there was a large congregation of people sitting along the streets. We handed out more presents, fortunately, we had lots of blankets with us. People who didn't receive presents were getting restless. Smooth man Brandon stepped up and said his blankets were presents and he was sorry he didn't have time to wrap them. Situation under control.

While I was keeping an eye on the team here, there were lots of people to minister to, God pointed out a woman to me, Linda. God tugged at my spirit, but no words. I took my sister-in-law Sue over with me to pray for Linda. She had a crack addiction and the demons were struggling inside of her. It was the typical struggle where the person wants prayer but at the same time the demons want you to leave -NOW!

Sue and I prayed for Linda. God revealed the word rejection and nothing more. I knew how to roll on that one. So I prayed against the rejection. While praying for Linda, I noticed all the people we were praying for were leaning against the wall of a massive building. With columns like a temple. God gave me a picture of chains coming out of the building and attached to the people outside. You could feel the bondage here at this site. I looked at the building and it was big, Church of Christian Science building. A cult building, or the first picture, a religious spirit demonic temple. Interesting.

The natives at this site were great full for our visit but (their demons of addiction) were getting restless. So we moved on down past Taylor and O'Farrell. We ministered and prayed over many people, even though we were out of provisions to hand out.

It was a really blessed even ministering to God's people. The Gifts were slowly working like they were in infancy. But I am just glad to see where the Father is going with all this.

After Night Strike was finishing up. I walked over to talk with Becca Amarant on how her night went. I got a picture of her walking in authority as she was talking to her friend Katie. Then I got the word of 'birthing'. I didn't get the whole picture but, Becca, I got the sense of the people you were out with tonight, both you and Jason, this was the birthing. Or the building of the Lions Pride ministry. Your flock!

Well, that's all the time I have. Fellow participants, contribute to this thread. Miracles happened. Honor God and recorded them in this discussion. Merry Christmas 2009!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tim and Cindy McGill Hope for the Harvest

Tuesday December 15, we were fortunate to host a house fellowship for Tim and Cindy McGill of Hope for the Harvest. Cindy is an energetic and dynamic speaker with lots of great testimony on her adventures in prophetic evangelism. Cindy shared with our group (mainly Bay Area Dream team and City Ministries Night Strike members in attendence) some stories from Burning Man and her dream film project, titled Dreams.

View the trailer here:


Cindy usually takes a team out to the Sundance film festival as a dream interpretation out reach. She tried to enter her film project into Sundance, but there were over 9800 entries and her film project wasn't chosen. Less than a hundred were chosen this year. HOWEVER - the Dreams film is entered in overseas film festivals, at the International Film Festival Ireland, June 4-11, 2010, African Enterprise (AE ICFF) Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: June 1st-5th 2010 and a film festival in Egypt. It's some very exciting times for Cindy and her ministry.

Tim McGill shared with us some prophetic words on the shift of structure. Some great points in scripture too on how Barnabas and Saul fasted and worshiped before the birth of the apostolic ministry of the church.

It was a great evening and an incredible time with Tim and Cindy. You guys are welcome back any time. God Bless!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Now I am about to open a whole can of worms and turn your Ghost Hunting world upside down. America and the world is captivated by the paranormal reality shows on television. We don't have to go farther than the Syfy channel web site or hulu to see evidence of spirit activity streaming to our very own computer. If you are a Christian and part of a ghost hunting or paranormal organization, it is time to listen up. There is no such thing as a human spirit ghost! Casper is a demon!

When you are taking an evp on your digital voice recorder, you are recording demons! The digital voice recorder is the new ouji board. What you are capturing are demonic voices.

When Jesus completed His work on the cross, the deceased either go to Heaven or Hell. End of story. There are no lingering “human” spirits roaming the earth seeking to be set free and sent towards the light. Jesus is perfect, He doesn't make mistakes and leave people behind for someone with a video camera and a K2 meter to set the "ghost" spirit free.

There was a commercial some time back on the “then” Sci Fi channel, promoting the movie, Hellboy 2, Hellboy meets the Ghost Hunters, a funny commercial.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3QFbPuqPyc

Hellboy: “What do you guys do again?”
Grant (TAPS): “We capture ghosts.”
Hellboy: “That's what I do! You know fighting huge monsters, fate of the world hanging in the balance and millions of lives at stake. Is that what you guys do to?"
...crickets chirping sound effects. Gran and Jason look at each other perplexed...
Jason (Taps): “No. ..actually we just video tape them."
...crickets chirping Hellboy looks disappointed...
Hellboy. “Oh...”

This ad sums up our M16 Ministries experience. We have been called in to eradicate demonic spirits, long after ghost hunter teams have come in and setup toys, video taped and left a site with demonic activity. We don't get called by ghost hunter groups ---EVER!!! We get called by frantic people who were left behind by ghost hunters who knew all about technical equipment and not an ounce of REAL knowledge on true spiritual warfare. Many times ghost hunters have mediums that make the situations worse. These are not ghosts that the psychics are channeling, these are demons. Demons don't have bodies but they desire to find bodies to dwell in. The psychics are channeling the demonic realm. End of story.

 43"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Matthew 12:43

We have even assisted ghost hunters who picked up demonic hitch hikers during their own investigations. What is being broadcast on television is a lie. If you have a situation where demonic oppression or possession is occurring, you don't want ghost hunters. They won't help you. They are not trained to deal with the demonic. Some ghost hunting and paranormal teams even have their own exorcists. BEWARE. If you did not go through the Roman Catholic dioceses, then you don't have a real exorcist on the scene of your already enormous problem. Take note too, that there are Catholic churches not associated with the Roman Catholic Church. Likewise, ghost hunters are not demonologists. They quote many interesting things about demons and the demonic realm, but the information they have is wrong. When you have a charlatan exorcist, a wiccan and a psychic on premises of a place of demonic activity, you now have a bigger problem. You now have a powder keg.

We have assisted people in many battles of spiritual warfare this year, and have seen many healings, to the Glory of God, from demonic oppression. Through the two cases of demonic possession our ministry worked on this year – and note there is a difference between demonic possession and demonic oppression. One person was set free from their prison of demonic possession because they accepted Jesus Christ into their life and the ministry team then had the authority to kick out demons. The other person, was a practicing psychic, who refused to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, even though our team entered their home and the Holy Spirit brought them peace. The psychic continued to channel and ignore our warnings, the demons came back harder and now the person was being tormented by the legion. This person we were assisting knew very little about the Christian faith. They didn't know that the legion was a group of demons. A psychic gift is a high jacked spiritual gift. Our team works in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Time and time again our team has bested the enemy's sorcerers.

If you are in a situation where people are being harmed and there is definitive demonic activity. Don't call the local ghost hunters. Call an experienced deliverance team! Call on Jesus! And if you're a Christian -who thinks you're a psychic because of what you have seen on TV, contact us. You may have a gift of the Holy Spirit developing and Satan is steering you in the WRONG direction.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The book of Enoch

As I start researching angels for another writing project, I started in the book of Jude. There is an interesting curiosity in the book of Jude. Jude, the brother of James, presents some incredible revelations about angels and then quotes the prophet Enoch. If you recall, Enoch was mentioned, BRIEFLY, in the book of Genesis.

Genesis 5:21-24
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.
22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years.
24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

In verse 24, we see that God took him away. Very seldom is Enoch mentioned again in the books of the Bible. Now in Jude, we have a quote in the book of Jude from the prophet of Enoch.

Jude 14-16
14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him." 16These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

Here in the book of Jude, Enoch is prophesying about the second coming of Jesus. Who is Enoch?

Adam -> Seth -> Enosh -> Kenan -> Mahalalel -> Jared -> Enoch!!!!

The seventh descendent of Adam is prophesying about the second coming of Christ! We haven't even encountered Noah and the history of the flood.
Where did the prophecy of Enoch come from? Why from the book of Enoch, of course. Jude 14-16 seems to come from Enoch 1:9.

Enoch 1:9
9And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones
To execute judgement upon all,
And to destroy all the ungodly:
And to convict all flesh
Of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed,
And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

Some interesting and very wild history and prophecy seems to be in the book of Enoch. The reference of the angels bound in chains may come from the book of Enoch as well.

Jude 6
6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

As I read more into Jude and the parallels of the book of Enoch my inquisitive side of my brain wanted to dive in more to the book of Enoch. However, the book raises more questions than answers. I decided to do some investigating on this amazing book. If Jude quoted from this book, he must have read the book (scroll) and received teaching from it.

J.R. Church of the www.prophecyinthenews.com web site claims the book of Enoch was taken on aboard Noah's ark during the great flood. This made the book of Enoch even more fascinating to me. My scientific mind did some googling and I asked experts about the book of Enoch. The experts said the book of Enoch may have originated around 300 B.C. Which is far short of the claim made by J.R. Church.

Here is the e-mail response I received from Marilyn Lundberg, Ph.D, Associate Director of West Semitic Research.

Dear Mike,

The earliest copies of Enoch are from Qumran, among the Dead Sea Scrolls. These works on Enoch are considered part of what is called the pseudepigrapha, books that were written in the name of early biblical characters during three centuries before Christ. They were not in existence during the time of David and Solomon. The longest version is "an Ethiopic translation of a Greek translation of its Aramaic original." Fragments in Aramaic were found among the DSS.


Based on the experts, this book was not written by Enoch, and at best pre-dates Christ by only 300 years. This doesn't discredit the works in the book. But it does discredit the information put out by J.R. Church. There is a huge leap in history from 300 B.C. to the time of Enoch. My research was hoping to substantiate the fact that the book of Enoch was at the least, in the hands of David or Solomon. And this is not substantiated in the scientific community. I would like to know the scholars who can place the book of Enoch as being in the temple during the time of David or Solomon.

The book of Enoch is definitely a unique book and discusses the Nephilim as discussed in Genesis 6. There are a lot of questions right now that need to be answered before we can use the book of Enoch as the mis-linking (so to speak) that glues Genesis to the book of Jude and prophecy. The book is obviously a part of early Christian history and makes for an interesting read. At the moment I would be hesitant to make the huge connection of the book of Enoch being aboard the ark of Noah as J.R. Church claims. I respect the man and I love the information, I just think he is being disingenuous to make the claim without presenting the evidence. If Church knows credible scholars who can back up this claim, then we need to know. I am not denying the validity of the book or Church's claims. I would just like to see the evidence he uses to support the comment made that the book of Enoch may have been on Noah's ark. Was this book used during the time of David or Solomon? I would settle for that answer for the time being. What we can't deny there is definitely a correlation between the book of Jude and the book of Enoch.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Night Strike Friday December 4, 2009

The one thing that keeps me coming back to Night Strike is that it's never the same night twice on these Holy Spirit expeditions into the city. What made this particular Night Strike evening more interesting to me is the that I am going through a season right now with God. The prophetic and the words of knowledge are turned off. The Father loves for us to seek him and not the gifts. Right now God has me in a seeking season, which is pretty cool. It's weird not having the transmissions. It's like turning the dial on the radio tuner and there isn't even static noise. God was with us the whole night and revealed himself to the people we encountered.

I hardly ever get to work with team leader Ellen, from Vacaville. So we paired our teams up together. Ellen brought 7 people. I sent 3 of Ellen's people out with birthday boy, Bill. I merged Ellen, and the rest of her team, Jennifer, Jay, and Matt, with my son Matt, and there was Tom and his friend Samantha. Tom and Sam brought bags of beanies, scarves and gloves from a Ross clothes sale. These items were a big hit. Ellen's crew brought sandwiches, candy bars (Snickers!) and juice bags. My son Matt and i brought ham sandwiches from the two loaves of bread we bought earlier in the day.

We were going to head up to the higher section of Bodecker Park in the Tenderloin District. But the Spirit told me to detour via Market Street to get there. I had one individual who wasn't used to moving in the Spirit. They were getting upset with me off the bat at my navigational mannerisms. "Are we supposed to go to the Tenderloin, that way?" I heard it on more than one occasion this evening. My prophetic and word of knowledge may be shutdown, but the GPS (God Positioning System - Leah's acronym) was working fine. So I took to the Tenderloin via Market Street.

One of the early people we encountered for a divine appointment was a woman, named Florence. The word of knowledge processors were trying to pull something down. I got a fragment of, has a young daughter she watches. Florence had a granddaughter she watches. The antenna still wasn't working for me. So I asked if we could pray over Florence and she let us. Then she asked if she could pray for us back. TRAINING time! My discernment isn't shutdown. Florence raises her hand to pray over my hand and my face. For you Star Trek fans, I was polarizing the hull plating. Shields up!! She started chanting some shaman stuff and I prayed to bind it. I think her spirits sensed it and moved on to my son Matt. I slipped over to Ellen and told her to start binding, this is demonic. It was a cool training session because we encounter witchcraft all the time on the streets. And unfortunately, it will go home with team members. So we bound the witchcraft and cancelled the assignments and I talked with Ellen about cleaning off the team again in prayer when we finish the evening. There will be more muck on us. What was cool was that I was able to teach some of the members their discernment. Before I explained to the rest what had happened, I asked them if they felt anything. A majority of them felt their own spiritual armor giving them an alert signal. Then I explained what happened with the fun, crazy, chanting lady.

There was a lot of spiritual activity on the streets. The next man we encountered on the streets had some spiritual stuff going on where he was babbling insensibly. Tom and Sam gave him a beanie and gloves and we all divvied out food from our provisions to him. Then we continued on in our divine appointment search. God kept me on Market, despite being reminded once again we were supposed to go to the Tenderloin. God stamped the request denied and sent us deeper down Market. What I was receiving from God was that there was more lost on the streets tonight and that he wanted to reach the homeless as well as the Holiday shoppers. So I stayed on course with the GPS. We went one block past the Cable car turntable on Market and headed up the street.

There was lots of hustle and bustle of Holiday shoppers. I was getting the signal to minister to people on these streets and then head over to the Tenderloin. Doesn't matter if they're homeless or they are making a decent income. God wanted to reach his people. We ministered to a lot of pan handlers on our walk. We were headed toward the St. Francis Hotel and Macy's. One block prior I was stopped by a young man and his friend, on O'Farrell Street. He wanted me to give him directions to a strip club nearby. I told him sure, but first I get to pray for him.

He said, "Oh great. Christians!" I told him I knew of a strip club in the area. But I wouldn't tell him where it was unless I got to pray for him first. He said forget it. I said, everyone else here is a tourist. I know where a strip club is nearby. Can I pray for you. He was giving me a very hesitant look. "My dad is a pastor.", he said. I told him that's okay. "Then you know I am telling you the truth. I know where a strip club is and I will only tell you if I can pray for you." He reluctantly allowed me to pray for him. I got in close to him and prayed to bind the spirits of perversion and prayed for the Holy Spirit to be with him and reveal things to him. Then I put my hand on his friend and blessed him for the same blessing. Then I told them there was a strip club near the corner of O'Farrell and Polk. Off they went. I hope they didn't spend too much on the cover charge.

On the corner of St Francis we met Ramone, who was waiting for a bus. Ramone let us pray over him. He had a guitar in a bag with him, so I prayed that God would release some new music to him and give him dreams to write music. Ramone commented that he was actually writing a new song earlier in the day. Matt, from Vacaville, jumped in and gave Ramone some good prophetic word. Matt was doing a great job at giving people prophetic word so I didn't feel too badly that I wasn't receiving anything.

I turned the team around to head to the Tenderloin, when we stopped on the other side of the street of the St. Francis and met some more homeless pan handlers. There was an older woman, a woman, a man and a dog. We spent some time ministering with these people. I stepped away so I didn't get their names. My discernment radar was going off. Somewhere in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas shoppers on the street, there was something setting off the old spidey sense. I never saw or tuned into what it was. It was strong though.

We encountered another pan handler, less than a block down from the other people. This was a woman, Jennifer, 75 years old, homeless. The economy forced her on the streets. So we gave her food. I tried to engage the ol' word of knowledge for this dear lady. But I got nothing. So I let the team work with her. The GPS was working for us. Many times people come out to Night Strike with a preconceived notion on "we're going to the Tenderloin" and if the Holy Spirit deviates, the person gets irritated. In Night Strike we can't put God in a box. Sure God led us to the St. Francis. In all my 3 years of leading, it was the first time God brought me to this location. But we impacted people and touched people's lives. The pastor's son and his friend who were going to the strip club, I know that pastor's prayer were answered. If I went into the Tenderloin like a robot I would have missed all this. Not to mention Ramone, jennifer, the people with the dog, those were also divine appointments. Sorry, I had one of those nights where someone on my team kept reminding me I am SUPPOSED to go to the Tenderloin.

Around 10:00. We arrived at the Tenderloin. Which was pretty much quiet. There wasn't the usual flock of people on the streets. We ministered to people there, but all the women I usually see and minister to on the streets weren't out this evening. I decided to extend the trek in the Tenderloin at 10:30 PM because we had a lot of clothes left to give away. Tom and Sam brought a lot of clothes, gloves and beanies to bless people with. So I turned right on Hyde to go up, instead of turning left to head back to the UN Plaza.

Around Hyde and Ellis, we encountered a man and a woman. The woman was the right height to receive some of Sam's clothes. Sam blessed her with the items. I turned to her friend, the man, he told me his name was Clinton. I asked him if I could pray for him. Clinton said yes. His wife just died and he was grieving. I asked him if I could lay my hands on him. He said it would be okay. So I layed hands on Clinton and prayed for a healthy grieving process. As I was finishing praying I asked the Holy Spirit to come on Clinton. He started shaking and asked me what was that?

I told Clinton I asked the Holy Spirit to come down on him. He was shaking an exhilarated! He asked me to pray like that over him again. I wanted to work with team leader Ellen so I called her over to help me give some of the Holy Spirit to Clinton, again. We both prayed and Clinton yelled out with excitement. Clinton stepped away from us excited and asked me if that was a drug. We told him it was the Holy Spirit. He wanted more. So Clinton stepped back over to Ellen and I and we juiced him up with the GOoD stuff!

I asked Clinton if he knew who Jesus was. He said he had heard of him. But he wanted to know what whacked him. I told him it was the Holy Spirit. If he wanted to experience more of that he should ask Jesus into his heart. Clinton wanted more! So I invited Matt, from Vacaville, over to lead Clinton in prayer and accept Jesus into his heart.

Clinton begged us to Spirit fill him one more time before we left. I gave Clinton my battle Bible (yep, another battle Bible gone, I think God just wants me to break them in first) and told him to read the book of Acts. Clinton wanted to follow us home. He was given the good wine!

It was getting late and I took the team back to the UN Plaza. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to continue his work on the people on the streets we encountered. We also prayed to clean ourselves off completely of all the strange spirits we encountered on this evening. We had a great team and it was a blast! --as usual. I think the most fun on these nights is when two team leaders get to work together. It's fun getting to know the other people on the Night Strike team.

I had a great talk with Bob Johnson, too afterwards, on going through spiritual seasons.